Teachers from some of our recent classes

Father Paul Feela is a Pastor at Lumen Christi Catholic Community in St. Paul.

Ken Keiyu FordLay Teacher, Clouds in Water Zen Center

Camille J. Gage, musician, artist and activist. Her current project is I AM WATER, a long-term socially engaged artwork that addresses our relationship to the Earth’s freshwater.

Anse  Tamara Grey  is the founder of Rabata, and the Daybreak Press Global Bookshop.

Jaylani Hussein is the Executive Director of CAIR Minnesota.

Jim Bear Jacobs, a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation of central Wisconsin, is a parish pastor at Church of All Nations

Andrea Marboe is an artist and creator of Magpie Solutions, LLC.

John Marboe,  is a Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Humanities Professor and Laborer. He blogs at Reverend  Doctor Garbageman.

Pastor Jenny Mason is Pastor at Light of the World Lutheran Church

Dr. Shashi Sane is president of the Hindu Community Center

Ramona Kitto Stately, Member Santee Sioux Nation, Artist, Dakota Educator.

Rev. Dr. Rabbi Sharon Stiefel, Mayim Rabim Congregation and Sholom Johnson Hospice.


Affiliated Clergy




Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein is the founding Director of By The Rivers. He strives to provide meaningful, personal life cycle ceremonies for people of all religious backgrounds, and to make learning accessible to people of all ages.

He is Rabbi in Residence at the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and a staff member at Yachad, and Hineni: A Center for Adult Jewish Learning and Contemplative Practices, and is a member of the Interfaith Family Network. He also works as a Genius at the Apple Store, repairing relationships and devices.

He is originally from South Africa, and immigrated with his family to the United States as a young child. He grew up in Golden Valley, MN. He graduated with a BA in Peace Studies and History from Washington University in Saint Louis. After graduation he worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Nyack NY., an organization dedicated to peace. He lived in Israel where he attended Machon Pardes, an egalitarian yeshiva, and graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary NY. in 2000 with rabbinic ordination and an M.A. in Jewish Education. 

For two years, Rabbi Shavit-Lonstein was rabbi of the Tri-City Jewish Center, in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa. He was then the rabbi at Temple of Aaron, St. Paul MN from 2002 to 2014. 

Rabbi Shavit-Lonstein enjoys running, and has completed several marathons, in addition, he is an avid SciFi fan. He and his wife Becky are blessed with three children, Noah, Naveh and Naomi.